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A dictator or a savior? The 17-year-old prime minister designated by an AI.
The year is 202X. Japan is in deep stagnation. In an attempt to overturn the situation, Prime Minister Washida launches project Utopi-AI, an experimental endeavor utilizing artificial intelligence (AI) to select leaders to govern a demoralized city.
The AI's choice for the city's leader is Maki Aran, a high school boy of 17 with dreams for a utopian society. Its choices for other governing members are also in their early 20s. With this young team, Aran utilizes AI to direct reforms and turn a dispirited city into an idealistic Utopi-AI. Original screenplay by Yoshida Reiko, writer of many hit animated features.

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Cast

Maki Aran (Kamio Fuju)
Maki Aran (Kamio Fuju)
Maki Aran, the teenage prime minister with a personal agenda: Kamio Fuju
17 years old, he is the AI-chosen "prime minister" with a hidden agenda. Reticent and smart, he keeps cool in any situation, yet passionately stands against the adults who argue for their own interests. Playing this enigmatic character is Kamio Fuju, with several leading roles under his belt and now starring in an NHK drama for the first time.

Kamio Fuju - Profile
Kamio Fuju, born 1999, began his acting career in 2015, and has performed in various works for the screen and TV. He is one of the most prolific actors today, performing in works for TV such as Eren the Southpaw, Kaodake Sensei and My Dear Exes, as well as works for the screen such as What She Likes..., Hatachi no Souru and Koi wa Hikari. He has appeared in the NHK TV drama LIKES! Mr. Genji.
Sagawa Sachi (Yamada Anna)
Sagawa Sachi (Yamada Anna)
Sagawa Sachi, whose love for Aran is pivotal to the story: Yamada Anna
A highschool girl who idolized Aran and deligently supports his governing of Utopi-AI as an aide.The issues faced by her family represent the chronic problems of contemporary society, such as the fruitless workstyles of her parents' generation, the incessant nursing care for the elderly, school truancy, and school bullying.

Yamada Anna - Profile
Yamada Anna, born 2001, has earned praise for her fine acting talent despite her young age. She made her acting debut in the 2013 TV drama Keiji no Manazashi, and has since appeared in Liverleaf and Suicide Forest Village. In 2020 she won the Best New Actor Award at the 41st Yokohama Film Festival for her performance in the film Chiisana Koi no Uta. In 2021 she starred in the film Unlock Your Heart, and in 2022 she appeared in the TV drama Mirai Eno 10 Kaunto and Shin Shinchokoki. She has also appeared in the NHK drama Oedo Mononoke Monogatari and NHK Taiga historical drama Burning Flower.
Taira Kiyoshi (Hoshino Gen)
Taira Kiyoshi (Hoshino Gen)
Taira Kiyoshi, a key figure in the experiment with a hidden intent: Hoshino Gen
As Utopi-AI's project manager, Taira Kiyoshi supports Aran's personal development in a fraternal way, while carrying the hopes of the Prime Minister as his eventual successor. The role is played by Hoshino Gen, whose accomplishments as an actor, musician and writer are well-proven.

Hoshino Gen - Profile
Hoshino Gen, born 1981, has shown his multi-faceted talent as an actor, musician and writer. For his first starring performance in the 2013 film Blindly in Love he won the Best New Actor Award at the Japan Academy Awards, and for his performance in the 2020 movie The Voice of Sin he won the Best Supporting Actor Awards at the Japan Academy Awards and Hochi Film Awards. Along with his work in various films and TV drama, his latest musical composition Kigeki, the theme song for the TV animated work Spy x Family, is currently being distributed online. He has also appeared in NHK Taiga historical drama works Sanada Maru and IDATEN.
Saiga Suguri (Kawai Yuumi)
Saiga Suguri (Kawai Yuumi)
Saiga Suguri, Utopi-AI Minister of Finance & Economy: Kawai Yuumi
Feeling discomfort with her society a young age, Suguri had gone to the U.S. to study, obtain an MBA and start a business, but has now returned to Japan finding hope in the adoption of administrative artificial intelligence. The most reformist within the Utopi-AI administrative team, she pursues aggressive streamlining to secure a future for the young generation.
Hayashi Kan (Mochizuki Ayumu)
Hayashi Kan (Mochizuki Ayumu)
Hayashi Kan, Utopi-AI Minister of Public Welfare & Culture: Mochizuki Ayumu
Having studied design, Kan has gained charismatic fame among the young as a video and gameplay streamer. At Utopi-AI he handles user interface design, and he aims to create a new culture-oriented community by supporting the arts.
Washida Teru (Sometani Shota)
Washida Teru (Sometani Shota)
Washida Teru, Utopi-AI Minister of Environmental Development: Sometani Shota
As the grandson of current Prime Minister of Japan Washida Tsuguaki, Teru has grown up in a family of politicians, and also a native of Aonami, the city that becomes Utopi-AI. Thus he carries the expectations of the city's conservative faction, and finds himself caught between conventional politics and the new administrative style using artificial intelligence.
Yamaguchi Saki (Matsumoto Marika)
Yamaguchi Saki (Matsumoto Marika)
Yamaguchi Saki, news reporter: Matsumoto Marika
As Taira Kiyoshi's old schoolmate, Saki is a pivotal character who knows Taira's past. She keeps a reciprocal relationship with him, exchanging information and writing articles based on his tips. Meanwhile she persistently investigates an incident that occurred around Prime Minister Washida 7 years earlier, and the revealed truth affects the outcome of project Utopi-AI in an unexpected way.
Sagawa Masaki (Sugimoto Tetta)
Sagawa Masaki (Sugimoto Tetta)
Sagawa Masaki, Sachi's father: Sugimoto Tetta
Having lost his long-held job from corporate restructuring, Masaki helps out at home while seeking a new job, burdened by the nursing of his old-aged father and by his son's reclusive behavior. The family's move to Utopi-AI at Sachi's suggestion changes their fate dynamically. Masaki tries to cheer up the family, even during difficult times.
Sagawa Tae (Nishida Naomi)
Sagawa Tae (Nishida Naomi)
Sagawa Tae, Sachi's mother: Nishida Naomi
A popular middle school social studies teacher and the breadwinner of the family, Tae wholeheartedly supports Sachi's passionate pursuits. The move to Utopi-AI makes life easier for the family on the one hand, but the wave of administrative streamlining policies proposed by artificial intelligence begin to affect the school where she teaches.
Saeki Yutaka (Iwamatsu Ryo)
Saeki Yutaka (Iwamatsu Ryo)
Saeki Yutaka, chamber of commerce chairman: Iwamatsu Ryo
As the head of the chamber of commerce in the city renamed Utopi-AI, Yutaka teams up with its former mayor Hosaka Shigeo to lead the voices of its elderly residents, taking a staunch conservative stand against the new administration team and the radical changes proposed by artificial intelligence.
Hosaka Shigeo (Tanaka Min)
Hosaka Shigeo (Tanaka Min)
Hosaka Shigeo, former city mayor: Tanaka Min
Being a childhood acquaintance of Prime Minister Washida has led Shigeo to offer his city for the Utopi-AI experiment, but he is shocked to see an inexperienced 17-year-old high school student being chosen as its new leader, and when he feels that the new AI-based administration is set to ostracize his generation he becomes its strongest antagonist, attempting all means to displace the young regime.
Washida Tsuguaki (Emoto Akira)
Washida Tsuguaki (Emoto Akira)
Washida Tsuguaki, national prime minister: Emoto Akira
The national leader, whose long-term seat is based on vast experience and political acumen, inaugurates project Utopi-AI in order to test radical changes and hopefully save the nation from its bleak economic outlook. To ensure the project's success he sends in his trusted subordinate Taira Kiyoshi as an advisor, but as he comes to learn the identity of Utopi-AI's appointed leader Maki Aran, his attitude takes a dramatic turn.

The AI unit "Solon" is voiced by Ogata Megumi

Solon - Character
Solon is an artificial intelligence unit developed for administration of experimental city Utopi-AI. Comprising three supercomputers named Tri, Hexa and Nona, it has the capacity to simulate ideal municipal structures over 5,000 times overnight to maximize the residents' happiness levels, and it chooses Maki Aran as the suitable "prime minister" to administer the experimental city.

Ogata Megumi - Profile
Born 1965, Ogata Megumi has provided the voices of prominent characters in Japanese animation such as Ikari Shinji, the hero in Neon Genesis Evangelion, Kurama in YuYu Hakusho, and Tsukishiro Yukito in Cardcaptor Sakura. She has the vocal versatility to convincingly enact male and female characters young and old, serious and comical.

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